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TJC invites participation in One Million Bones project

TYLER, April 3, 2013-- One Million Bones is a social arts practice working to raise awareness about the atrocities occurring in Sudan, Burma, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, through the creation of one million handmade bones crafted by artists, activists and students from all over the U.S.

The handmade bones are to be placed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on June 8.

In partnership with One Million Bones and Students Rebuild, students and faculty of Tyler Junior College will participate in a bone-making event 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, in Room 316 of Jenkins Hall, on the TJC main campus.

The public is invited to attend an open event from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, also in Room 316 of Jenkins Hall.

“The outpouring of students has been incredible, and TJC Art Department Chair Chris Stewart and his staff have allowed us to enter the classrooms and educate our students about human rights and extend their learning into a global perspective,” said Paige Parrish, special projects coordinator for the TJC School of Continuing Studies.

Parrish also serves as state social arts and justice coordinator for the Million Bones Project.

“We have created more than 1,000 bones to be donated for the June 8 installation at the National Mall,” she said. “We invite the public to join us Friday evening, to see a demonstration of the bone-making process, create a sculptural bone from clay, and learn more about the process.”

Beyond raising global awareness, each handmade bone will generate a $1 donation through Students Rebuild for CARE’s humanitarian relief and rebuilding work in Central Africa – up to $500,000 – from the Bezos Family Foundation.

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